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FCT Assembly Implements High-Performance Spark OES Technology

Mar 25, 2008

GREELEY, CO � March 25, 2008 � FCT Assembly announces the acquisition of a Spark OES Analyzer (Optical Emission Spectroscopy) to its analytical lab, which is located in Greeley, Colo. The OES analyzer is one of the most advanced pieces of equipment of its kind available to the market today. FCTA purchased the state-of-the-art equipment to serve as the primary analyzer for all EMS and PC-Fab customer solder analysis, especially those that are lead-free.

Spark OES is a major accepted technique for direct analysis of metals, both electronic grade and industrial. With an accuracy up to four decimal places and a shorter test cycle than Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), the new analyzer will help FCTA provide the quick and accurate results customers expect.

Other FCTA laboratory services include

Wet Chemical Analysis: standard titrations/bench analysis, pH analysis, viscosity testing (Brookfield), hull cell analysis of electrolytic plating baths, scanning UV-Vis analysis and AAS analysis for metals concentrations.

PWB Testing: solderability by solder float test, solderability by solder paste spread test and limited cross sectioning capability.

Solder Metal Testing: spectro MAXx Spark-OES elemental analysis, solder thickness testing by SERA, (bare PWBs) and Niton XRF testing of reclaim solder materials.

Ormecon Immersion White Tin Testing: SERA scan for tin thickness and oxidation and plating rate (beta factor) testing.

For more information, contact Tony Lentz at 970-346-8002 or visit the company�s Web site at

About FCT Assembly

FCT Assembly was created after the purchase of Fine Line Stencil, Inc., and consists of two major operations: stencil manufacturing and the manufacturing of electronic assembly products such as solder paste, flux and solder (both conventional 63/37 and SN100C� lead-free) bar. The assembly products are manufactured in the Greeley, Colo. plant and the stencils are manufactured in the Beaverton, Ore., Memphis, Tenn., and Greeley, Colo. facilities. The stencils can be fabricated by both laser cutting and chemical etch. The company also makes precision parts in its A-Laser division, which is located in Beaverton, Ore. For more information, visit

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